Bread of Healing Clinic
Cross Lutheran Church
1821 N. 16th Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53205
The Bread of Healing Clinic began as a ministry of Cross
Lutheran Church, established with the support of community partners (UW-Madison
Medical School, Aurora Health Care, other local churches). It continues now
as a separately incorporated organization, holding clinics at two sites (Cross
Lutheran Church (4 half days/week) and Eastbrook Church (1 half day/month).
Our purpose is to
- Provide high quality medical care for people with chronic illnesses, who are working but are without
access to health insurance.
- Provide an environment of education for patients and for volunteers to learn more about the treatment of chronic illnesses in patients who most often experience disparities in care.
- Provide opportunities to experience, request, and offer healing for all of us (patient, provider, volunteer).
- Provide health care for patients in between health
We believe that health is
- An issue of faith, for Jesus was continuously engaged in the work of healing.
- An issue of social justice, a right that belongs to all people, regardless
of ability to pay.
- An issue of wholeness in the physical, spiritual, emotional and social wellbeing
God calls us to healing in every arena of human life, and we seek to respond to that call in this ministry.
Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Diabetic Educators, Resident Physicians, Medical Students, Medical Assistants, Medication Sorters, Construction Crews, Board of Directors, Pharmacists.
Total In-Kind Volunteer Contributions: Over $200,000/year
- Opened in 2000, we have seen 1500 different patients.
- Currently open to see patients 4 half days each week.
- 250-300 patient visits each month; 2800 patient visits in 2005.
- 700-1000 patients are active with the clinic at any given time.
- 50% have hypertension.
- 25% have diabetes.
- All medications, supplies, labs, visits with a medical professionals are free.
- Patients are referred through the Aurora's Sinai and St. Luke's residency programs, the Parish Nurse network, the local churches, Aurora clinics, and the Sinai emergency room.*
- 70% of our patients are African American.
- 84% of our patients are working.
- 60% of our patients are men.
- Average household income, $1080.
*We also find patients referred to us from other emergency rooms in the city of Milwaukee, though we do not advertise.
Ecclesiastes 11:1. Cast your bread upon the waters, for
you will find it after many days.
Maya Angelou writes further: When we cast our bread upon the waters, we can
presume that someone downstream, whose face we may never see, will benefit
from our actions, even as we enjoy the fruits sent to us from a donor upstream,
whose face we have never seen.